On 27 January 2021, the whelk potter Nicola Faith capsized and sank 1.9 miles north of Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales with the loss of its three crew members. The vessel had been extensively modified during its life which had significantly reduced its margin of positive stability. On the day of the accident the Nicola Faith had been loaded with catch and retrieved strings of pots to the point of instability, which resulted in the capsize and subsequently sinking of the vessel. Nicola Faith had not been fitted with a mandatory emergency beacon to alert to the capsize, and it was not reported as overdue until 1000 the next day. Following its salvage by the MAIB, a thorough inspection of the vessel was carried out to determine possible modes of capsize Continue reading “Capsize and sinking of whelk potter Nicola Faith with loss of 3 lives report published”
Early in the morning on 21 November 2020, the scallop dredger Joanna C capsized south of Newhaven, England; only one of the three crew survived. Joanna C’s crew was hauling the gear when they noticed that the starboard dredge bar had become snagged on a line of whelk pots. The snag caused a heel to starboard from which the vessel could not recover, and it capsized rapidly.
The MAIB’s investigation found that through-life modifications, culminating in extensive alterations in 2019, had reduced Joanna C’s previously good stability to a state where it had very low reserves of positive stability and increased vulnerability to capsize. The detrimental effect of the modifications was unknown to the crew and regulator alike because, Continue reading “MAIB issues report into fatal capsize and sinking of scallop dredger Joanna C”
In his introduction to this report, Remi Eriksen, Group president and CEO of DNV, writes as follows:
Welcome to DNV’s first standalone forecast of hydrogen in the energy transition through to 2050. While there are ambitious statements about the prominent role that hydrogen could play in the energy transition, the amount of low-carbon and renewable hydrogen currently being produced is negligible.
That, of course, will change. But the key questions are, when and by how much? We find that hydrogen is likely to satisfy just 5% of global energy demand by 2050 — two thirds less than it should be in a net zero pathway. Clearly, much stronger policies are needed globally to push hydrogen to levels required to meet the Paris Agreement. Continue reading “DNV’s published a forecast and insight about the development and role of hydrogen in the energy transition”
British Marine chose the recent Crick Boat Show to release and publish the updated Inland Boatbuilding Association Code of Practice.
The updated code brings in the changes to the national recreational craft regulations, a set of legal requirements that cover all recreational craft between 2.5m and 24m length, following the UK’s exit from the European Union, along with new updated guidance on hybrid and electric propulsion installations.
Developed by British Marine and the Inland Boatbuilding Association in support of the canal boat industry, the Inland Boatbuilding Code of Practice provides a simplification Continue reading “Inland Boatbuilding Association Code of Practice updated”
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its 2021 annual report. One of the main findings to note is the number of fatalities in the fishing vessel fleet, which hit a 20-year high. In his annual report statement, Chief Inspector of Accidents, Capt. Andrew Moll OBE, says, “I am pleased to introduce MAIB’s annual report 2021. It was another busy and successful year for the branch improving safety at sea by our sustained output of safety investigation reports, safety digests, and safety bulletins despite lockdown conditions affecting work early in the year. The branch raised 1530 reports of marine accidents and commenced 22 investigations in 2021. Continue reading “MAIB Annual Report 2021 published”
After a break of two years, the Association of Average Adjusters triumphantly resumed hosting one of the most celebrated events in the global marine and legal calendar – the annual black-tie dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel. The Association proved itself to be in robust health, overcoming the disappointment of pandemic cancellations including what was to have been the annual gathering during 2020, its 150th anniversary year.
Throughout that interlude of ‘virtual’ activity, practitioners remained undaunted, it was clear from the confident tone of more than 200 adjusters, underwriters, insurance brokers, members of the legal profession and representatives of the London and international shipping community who dined on May 12, 2022, in the illustrious setting of the hotel’s Lancaster Ballroom. Continue reading “Speakers at Savoy dinner praise resilience of Association of Average Adjusters”